No crisis in Limpopo, just challenges - ANC

2012-01-20 21:04

Johannesburg - Limpopo is not in a financial crisis, the African National Congress in the province said on Friday.

The problems there were "challenges", provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane said.

"We are not in financial crisis, we are just having financial challenges."

Lekganyane was briefing reporters after a national intervention team indicated the province faced a shortfall of R2bn at the end of the financial year.

On Thursday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in Polokwane that the team had discovered improper financial management in the province.

Gordhan and five ministers put five provincial departments under administration last year.

  • Francois - 2012-01-20 21:14

    Then we have a challenge in the presidency and in education and in parliament. The former former SP created a challendge in Zim along with his friend Bob, there is a challenge to feed all the hungry children in Africa, there is a challenge in Europe's debt. It has a nice ring to it, does it not - I am looking for a new challenge. Actually not, it may mean a crisis! The first thing you need to do to solve a problem is to acknowledge you have one. The biggest challenge this government has is to educate people so that they can work for themselves, but that will create a crisis, because educated people will not vote for them as the government treats everyone like a schoolkid.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-22 12:18

      No crisis in Limpopo, just challenges - ANC..... No brains in ANC, just idiots - South African

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-23 13:11

      And what about criminal charges ? Damn the man.

  • ubhejane - 2012-01-20 21:16

    LOL LOL LOL R2.7 Billion pissed out and there isn't a crisis. What challenges are ahead? Trying to find new ways to steal?

      Mike - 2012-01-20 22:50

      You have it! I'm 5 months in arrears with my bond! (sic) It's not a crisis?? It is a challenge!! Please go explain that to my bank manager???

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-23 13:11

      Tax Payers need to band together and strike. Damn the man

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-20 21:20

    Whats the definition of a crisis then?

      Morakane - 2012-01-20 22:18

      @ Sinudeity I am also scratching my head at that one.

      Phillie - 2012-01-20 22:18

      This buzz word/phrase, " We don't have problems only challenges" thought out by stupid americans to impress somebody, and now used at random to escape criticism is so stale it stinks. The logic behind the phrase is a challenge. A challenge and a problem are one and the same thing, the question is: WHY DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!! and what is/are the solution/s and remedies and who do we fire for incompetence and lack of foresight and planning.

      Francois - 2012-01-21 07:09

      If the DA ran a province like that, well even a town in the Western Cape, now that would have been a crisis. Our dictionaries is part of the revolution - they have like the ANC and specifically Mbeki turned racialistic.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-01-21 08:15

      All the billions in the arms deal was not even a crises, as far as the ANC and the justice system were concerned. That should give you some perspective on what we have to deal with.

  • Ben - 2012-01-20 21:21

    Pacify the voters. There are even some who might believe you. May this be a challenge for the non-believers to make them see the light.

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-20 21:26

    your financial challenges should be keeping your greedy hands off the money you ANC delusional zombie

  • Jaco - 2012-01-20 21:28

    Don't worry mr Zuma, just blame it on aparteid...!

      Mike - 2012-01-20 22:52

      No! No!!!!!!! He still has a 50/50, ask the uneducated audience or call a friend Shaike!!

      Hotkop - 2012-01-20 23:06

      Yes! Blame it on the imperialist racist settlers colonialists with their white tendencies!

      Hotkop - 2012-01-20 23:07

      I'm so tired of their cr@p.

      Max - 2012-01-21 06:02

      You can blame apartheid, colonialism, slavery or anything else but the facts speak for them selves...there is something seriously wrong with the psyche of the majority of African people who seems to be programmed for self-destruction.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-20 21:29

    yah okay...maybe we should give up limpopo to zimbabwe if we cant get rid of two top dogs juju n cancerous mathale responsible. the province is going nowhere.

      Piet - 2012-01-21 08:02

      Why not give Limpopo to the white people, like the "Tuislande" of old?

  • Dickson - 2012-01-20 21:31

    South Africa is being plunged into a deep dark abyss, but don’t worry the ANC has a lighter?

  • Max - 2012-01-20 21:31

    The only challenge in this story is the fact that the ANC thinks the average South African is mentally challenged and will believe their lies....the sad truth is they are right.

      Phiwo Gasa - 2012-01-22 10:01

      Well 66 percent of SA must be

  • Alex - 2012-01-20 21:34

    Soviet dude, them self help/positive attitude books can only be applied to some situations this aint one of them!

      ubhejane - 2012-01-20 21:45

      LOL LOL LOL This was so funny!!!!!

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-20 22:18

      Spot on Bud.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-20 21:38

    Every failure creates a challenge. Is this justification for failure. Do they really expect us to believe this pathetic excuse for blatant theft and corruption.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-20 21:40

    The ANC is running out of excuses, and this has made them look both pathetic and completely "incompetent"!!!!! Time the public realise they are milking the country dry!

  • Mzwakhe Mnguni - 2012-01-20 21:45


  • Ruth - 2012-01-20 22:01

    Bwahahahahaha...what a bunch of comedians. You really think th public are stupid enough tp believe that... oh yes, they are, because there is almost no level of public education in SA.

  • Jaco - 2012-01-20 22:05

    Just give Limpopo to the tea lady. Then we don't have to drive all the way to the cape to see some hope!

  • Bra - 2012-01-20 22:08

    wht limpopo faceing now is the matter that had been faced by many provinces.those pple who came up with this crises they do nt want casel mathale to serve 4 second term.

      Lelo - 2012-02-15 16:06

      I'm sorry man but that has to be the dumbest reasoning I have ever had to subject my eyes to...

  • Sharon - 2012-01-20 22:12

    Is that what they call it these days - nonono that is not a mountain, its a teeny weeny anthill!

  • bernpm - 2012-01-20 22:15

    We just got used to call a 'problem" a challenge. Now we have to include a "crisis" when we talk "challenges".

  • Phillie - 2012-01-20 22:17

    This buzz word/phrase, " We don't have problems only challenges" thought out by stupid americans to impress somebody, and now used at random to escape criticism is so stale it stinks. The logic behind the phrase is a challenge. A challenge and a problem are one and the same thing, the question is: WHY DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!! and what is/are the solution/s and remedies and who do we fire for incompetence and lack of foresight and planning.

      bernpm - 2012-01-20 22:26

      The difference between a challenge and a problem is that you can take on a challenge or not, while a problem has to be addressed/resolved. A crisis is never a challenge, you have to respond and soon!!!

  • Wesley Bischoff - 2012-01-20 22:26

    Uhm.... being declared bankrupt is a definition of a finacial crisis.... morons

  • Mike Smuts - 2012-01-20 22:28

    Challenges? Yea right, and HELL is just a Sauna...

  • Ken - 2012-01-20 22:29

    Pravin Gordhan. If you were doing the job that we pay you to do, this situation would not have come about.

  • Ken - 2012-01-20 22:33

    Two thousand million rand ! What an incredible insult to us tax payers !

  • Elkieta - 2012-01-20 22:33

    The ANC is lying again to the Limpopo people.Watch out for them.They always lie

  • Ken - 2012-01-20 22:44

    P. G. has had a very diverse range of jobs. An opportunist of note.

  • Motho - 2012-01-20 22:49

    So R2 billion debt deficient is not a crisis?

  • Hotkop - 2012-01-20 23:04

    "Limpopo is not in a financial crisis" See, this is where the ANC's problem comes in. Limpopo is in R2bn debt but it's not a financial crisis. The tax payer will soon fill that gap. TOTAL IDIOTS!!!!!

  • Cracker - 2012-01-20 23:28

    Even the ANC occasionally misunderstands the situation and as a result does not give the party and its members the deserving credits and accolades in simple terms so the whole country can be able to understand the real situation. So let's put the record straight for everybody, even having to do so on behalf of the ANC. Why not be that little altruistic now and then? The situation in Limpopo and the rest of the country is not a crisis. It is not a challenge. It is actually an opportunity for the clever comrades in the ANC.

      ISO - 2012-01-21 09:30

      Your name suits you!

      postma.roland - 2012-01-22 14:37

      Do you understand the definition of "clever"?. I don't think so. You need Education to be "clever". So understand this, before you can comment on a article, and refer to a group of people as "clever". The people that you're referring to, has to have an education!. I didn't mean to offend you, I'm not saying, that you're stupid. Just making a comment about facts, and please, I beg YOU!. Don't say, that they where effected by apartheid, they already had 18 years, to go to college, and get an education and PS: Any-one can.

  • Mantsho - 2012-01-20 23:43

    l am confused, l am speechless even more l am disgusted. What is wrong with ANC? The day when this people are no longer in power it will be great relieve.They are dipressing.l sometimes stay away from this news and go to watch vidios on youtube or do something else, for god sake!

      Travis Vermaak - 2012-01-21 05:33

      I enjoy news, but half the storys are about how our ANC government are screwing the tax payers. I also don't read news for weeks at a time sometimes due to the never ending depressing storys emminating directly from government. Can't remember any positive storys with ANC in the headline.

      Makhumuzi Mthethwa - 2012-01-21 06:01

      the clown that said there is no financial crisis obviously does not have a clue what is R2bn......

  • chris.khanye - 2012-01-20 23:52

    Limpopo is where the root of all evil befalling the ANC emanates from. Malema and cohorts have used Limpopo's finances not only to destabilize the ANC but the country as well. Limpopo is where public service has been privatized to benefit the one person obsessed with nationalization - Julius Malema. Malema and cohorts are desperate to save their skin from this imminent scandal - soon central government will uncover who benefited from institutionalized corruption in Limpopo. ANCYL pour scorn direct vulgar and malice at central government - but Limpopo is not a self governing bantustan or the resurrected Lebowa. Like it or not President Zuma is going to win this one and Limpopo will go to Mangaung so wounded it will be in a coma. ANCYL should infact be happy that central government is nationalizing what was illegally privatized in order to benefit a few but rob whole Limpopo communities of basic services. Malema is a good example of rogue politician with unlimited resources - they always unleash mayhem! I support 100 + 1% the nationalization of all public services in Limpopo to effect good governance and optimum service delivery to the masses in Limpopo. Mathale plus Malema equal Mayhem!

      Ben - 2012-01-21 01:42

      Maybe Julius and Bob decided to make this a province of Zimbabwe. Now Julius went ahead of schedule.

  • Michael - 2012-01-20 23:52

    Did Mbeki write this guys speech?

  • Getafix - 2012-01-21 00:43

    2000 million rand :FH

  • Ronald - 2012-01-21 00:57

    And the sad fact of the matter is if an election is held in Limpopo tomorrow the same voters that have been left homeless, hungry, without water, electricity or service delivery, lied to, stolen from, defrauded, etc will still vote for the ANC. How for can loyalty be pushed before it becomes stupidity and suicide? How will a mother explain to a hungry child that had not experienced a full stomach in his whole life that she will keep on voting the same way till Jesus comes? How can that child forgive that mother when he grows up and realises that his parents had the opportunity to improve his life, but sold their votes for empty promises to pocket lining politicians?

      Mpho Gwala - 2012-01-21 08:19

      What exactly do u want them to do? Don't even mention the DA coz that's a just a dream, the majority isnt going to vote for another white governance in a loooong time. What this country lacks is a proper/strong "black" opposition party that the ANC won't be able to manipulate and discredit easily.

      Siyanda - 2012-01-21 08:32

      @Mpo I just wish people like you will stop thinking that you can speak on behalf of the majority of South Africa. What we want them to do is stop voting for a "white" or "black" party but for a party that can take this country forward. At the moment the DA is that party

      Ronald - 2012-01-21 11:40

      Mpho, what I want them to do is to vote for another party and give someone else an opportunity. If racist voters that do not want a so called "white" DA party (that has a proven track record for service delivery, transparency and honesty in the WC) then identify leaders in your own community that have integrity, form a political party with sensible policies and I betcha that most whites in this country will vote to give them a chance. I know I will. These same white voters did so in a referendum pre-1994 and we still think SA can be put on the right track, not just for the whitie, but for all of us. The following scenario is where we are now, with the ANC represented by God and SA voters the unlucky climber. -A mountain climber falls over a cliff but manages to grab onto a crumbling rock. “Help, someone, Help!”, the climber yells. A Voice is heard, “I am God. Let go of the rock and I will catch you and set you down softly”. The climber looks around, thinks a bit while the rock crumbles more, then yells, “ HELP, someone else, HELP!”.

      Andy - 2012-01-22 22:48

      Mpho - you are thinking along racist lines; think along pro-South Africa lines, then the DA and/or any other party must be the only option..

  • leijn.tissink - 2012-01-21 05:56

    Soviet I have an huge credibility challenge with your statement and with your provincial administrarion

  • Grant - 2012-01-21 05:56

    The ANC have denied there is a crisis. So its official then - there IS a crisis. It would be unlike the ANC to tell the truth. The DA administration in the WC should now be investigated. How do they get everything so right and the rest of SA gets it so wrong? I blame Helen Zille ;-)

  • Larry - 2012-01-21 07:17

    What a crock, but what else can be expected from a bunch of lying incompetents.

  • Jarques - 2012-01-21 07:53

    A Challenge to government perhaps, but a huge cost to normal South Africa taxpayers and infrastructure!!! Someone would have to pay for the gluttony and it should NOT be us. We already paid our tax for those earning a living. Even the poor paid by not receiving the services (by means of service delivery) the government budgeted on. Surly any institution even the ANC should hold the people stealing and corrupting it accountable and claim the moneys owed just as SARS hold us accountable for paying every cent owned on tax. People go to jail for not paying tax. Government employees should also go to jail if not returning money that taken and spend illegally. Alternatively the president should sort out the financial problems with the huge payout received from the arms deal…

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-21 08:13

    I beg to differ with the ANC. The ANC members might have "challenges" in their mind, but the tax payers have a crises and this should be handled as a crises.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-21 08:17

    Eish, very clever use of the english language - "challenges". Ha, ha, ha, its like lsitening to a Black Comedy. What a sick sense of humour this ANC has.

  • Colin - 2012-01-21 08:40

    Isn't that what "Comical Ali" said as the US invaded Iraq?

  • Zion - 2012-01-21 08:55

    When the heading is read:NO CRISIS IN LIMPOPO JUST CHALLENGES - ANC. Then we know they are out of their depth and cannot cope with the disaster they created and are facing. The 2,5 billion buck is definitely not missing just misplaced in a box or private bank accounts. No concern it will turn up before the final meltdown. And Cadre Pravin Gordhan must go worry about the taxes. We want more, yes, much,much more

  • Jacqui - 2012-01-21 09:15

    No challenges, just a short fall of 2bn, but who cares?.

  • ISO - 2012-01-21 09:40

    Now that they going to make an inquiry regarding the 2bn, he is quick to say there is no crisis! I think they are sh@tting in there pants - these comrads knows what is coming- you better run to the USSR -Soviet!

  • Zion - 2012-01-21 11:36

    When the heading is read:NO CRISIS IN LIMPOPO JUST CHALLENGES - ANC. Then we know they are out of their depth and cannot cope with the disaster they created and are facing. The 2,5 billion buck is definitely not missing just misplaced in a box or private bank accounts. No concern it will turn up before the final meltdown. And Cadre Pravin Gordhan must go worry about the taxes. We want more, yes, much,much more

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-21 23:56

    The limpopo govt and the anc led national govt is one and the same thing,corruption is starting in national govt dept and spread to provinces hospitals are collapsing,correctional services breeding more criminals,pot holes on our roads not attended while traffic officers are busy issuing traffic fines.There is a serious crisis as the anc is losing political touch while busy ensuring political survival of individuals at the expense milions unemployed

  • Blip - 2012-01-22 07:12

    Unless you can meet and overcome a challenge, it IS a crisis.

  • Benmica - 2012-01-22 10:33

    If any company had that shortfall they would be bankrupt...

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-01-23 15:12

    now that is what I call arrogance

  • Cowell - 2012-01-25 10:12

    ANC is so busy on self-destruction.How can such a stupid and nonsense utterance be allowed in the name of ANC?If the ANC says this is not a crisis then this country is totally in wrong hands.There is total no leadership in Limpopo.Mathale, Malema and all their cronies should be removed immediately and be thrown to jail.We cannot as a country be held at ransom by greedy individuals.It does seem as if ANC is scared of some individuals or there are skeletons they are scared they could come out.But even if it is the case, they must understand that they cannot keep those secrets forever.Today ANC is full of selfish people who are only looking after their self interests and the ANC as an organization is just looking and doing nothing about this looting.ANC must remember that they can not always be put into power on the basis of previous struggle credentials but based on delivery and management of government and country resources.

  • Sylvia - 2012-02-04 02:12

    Mbeki started this "What crisis?" nonsense, and it's become a South African catch phrase, used by politicians who want to be in denial of the true situation.